City of BG to host Memorial Day ceremony at Kiwanis Park


The City of Battle Ground will honor the men and women of the U.S. military who lost their lives in service to the nation in a Memorial Day ceremony at Battle Ground’s Kiwanis Park.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Monday, May 27, at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial in Kiwanis Park at 422 SW Second Ave.

The ceremony will include the presentation of the flags by the Battle Ground High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets. The ceremony will also feature performances by Battle Ground High School Band members Logan Gillespie on bagpipes and Rubyee MacPherson playing the trumpet.

The 31 Battle Ground-area men who died in service will be remembered and honored by a reading of their names.

One Battle Ground-area service member, Jack Hanley, was killed-in-action in the “Forgotten War,” the Korean War, on Sept. 1, 1950. Hanley enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in Clark County, records state. Hanley reached the rank of sergeant and was assigned to the Second Infantry Division as an artillery cannoneer in South Korea. He is buried at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

The 31 men from the area, whose names are engraved on the wall of the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, are:

World War II

Julius J. Bergman

Otto O. Burgstahler

Edmond H. Condon

Jack O. Freel

Bruce C. Green

Joe J. Pancoska

Elmer E. Pellett

William A. Pelto

Archie C. Peru

Abert E. Sakrison

Paul H. Snider

Sheldon E. Tessendorf

William A. Uskoski

Leonard A. Wallace

Milton E. Winston

Walter G. Wright

Korean War

Jack Hanley

Vietnam War

Raymond E. Carpenter

Daniel B. Cheney

Richard A. Hostikka

Dale R. Lindberg

Alvin L. Lowery

Timothy G. Mattson

Monte V. Thomas

Donald F. Thulin

Global War on Terror — Afghanistan

Bryce D. Howard

Jonah D. McClellan

Andrew J. Shields

Global War on Terror — Iraq

Cedric E. Bruns

Kane M. Funke

Jeremiah J. Johnson

The city of Battle Ground invites the community to remember and honor these fallen servicemen, as well as all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who died in service. Those interested can read about the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial at